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Sharing My World 18-07-2022

July 24, 2022 14 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

In one sentence, how would you sum up the internet?
99% bollocks, 1% really useful.

Is true beauty subjective or objective?
Objective. Everyone likes different things.

How many chickens would it take to kill an elephant?
That would depend on the aggressiveness of the chickens versus the general “wussiness” of the elephant in question. Will he fight back? Will the chickens press their advantage? Are the chickens “tooled up” or will they be fighting “beak to trunk”?

I’ve been unexpectedly killed by psycho chickens in two separate computer games, so it’s definitely doable.

If your five-year-old self suddenly found themselves inhabiting your current body, what would your five-year-old self do first?
Crap itself in shock.

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FF – Hell’s Kitchen

July 21, 2022 51 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Fleur Lind.

Copyright Fleur Lind

Bob stared through the glass of the table. How far down did that go? Maybe all the way to the depths of Hell itself…!

Suddenly the tabletop flipped up and a bat-winged monstrosity exploded out, claws slashing, eyes glowing fire-red.

Bob screamed.

The creature screeched, fire issuing from its hideous mouth.

Bob peed himself.

It threw something at him. He looked down.

It was a steak, medium rare, mushroom sauce, sautéed potatoes.

The creature grated “bon appetit!” and descended back to Hell.

Bob tucked in. Now probably wasn’t the best moment to mention he had ordered the Chef’s Salad.

Sharing My World 11-07-2022

July 17, 2022 18 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

How did you spend the money from your very first job?
I had a summer job for three months before going to university. I don’t recall spending the money on anything specific, it was just to get me some extra cash. However, the summer after my first year I had another summer job and I spent that on stereo equipment – speakers, tuner, record deck etc.

Would You Rather Look Like A Potato, Or Feel Like A Potato?
What? What? Potato? What?

Obviously I don’t want to look like a potato. Is that feel like a potato to the touch or experience the feelings of a potato? Either way, no thanks. I know it’s a one or the other question but these are no-win choices!

What was the best pair of shoes you have owned?
I have absolutely no idea. They’ve been almost all trainers throughout my life, they come, they wear out, and they go. The current ones are Nike.

Besides war and diplomacy, what would be the best way for countries to settle disputes?
That doesn’t leave all that much, choice-wise. I suppose we have the “personal champion” whereby both countries offer a champion for single combat, winner takes all. At least then one only one person dies – until the losing country decides not to accept the decision and starts a war anyway.

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Sharing My World 04-07-2022

July 10, 2022 15 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

What do you think it means to be healthy?
Not long-term ill. And sound of mind – and right-thinking.

Is being obsessive about someone or something a good thing?
I would say no. The dictionary uses phrases such as “intrude”, “constantly” and “to a troubling extent”. The dictionary agrees with me.

After a disagreement with your S.O., do you initiate the makeup conversation or wait for your S.O. to do it?
Not having an SO I’m left having to argue with myself. I always win.

Have you ever done something incredibly embarrassing in front of a huge crowd? Feel free to share details or not. Some things are best left in the closet…
There was this one time at school I tripped in the playground and ended up hanging forwards over a low wall with my trousers totally ripped right up the seam.

I have, of course, done many far more embarrassing things. None of which I’m telling you about 😉

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FF – Weaver

July 7, 2022 40 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. She also provided the photo this week.

Theadorus was a Weaver. A Weaver-in-training, but a Weaver nonetheless. He wove not cottons and silks into garments, but the lines of fate into destinies.

His first solo project had not gone well. A strand had gone awry. The project’s most intelligent species was killing each other. There was war, famine, disease and poverty. And on top of all that, the climate was falling apart.

With a heavy sigh, he reached out and severed a single thread. Seven billion voices went silent as a planet imploded and was gone.

Sometimes there’s no help for it but to start over.

Sharing My World 27-06-2022

July 3, 2022 14 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

What’s your favourite way to spend a day off? If you’re retired, what’s something you now include in your schedule that you dreamed about while employed?
It depends on the weather, but preferably I’ll go somewhere nice in the morning, have lunch at home, have a nap and then PS5/gardening/sitting outside in the afternoon.

My “somewhere nice” from a couple of weeks ago (Trelissick Gardens, Cornwall)

Now that Covid isn’t so strictly monitored and folks can go out and about again, are you into after-work happy hours?
That sounds like a thing from 1990s American films. I work from home, anyway!

What physical traits do you share with your relatives? (Example: I have my mother’s nose)
I’m quite like my dad. I especially have to watch that I don’t walk hunched over!

How long does it take you to decide if you like someone or not?
I tend to stay quite neutral to people for a while. First impressions are not always accurate. I was told when I got to university that we’d spend Freshers’ Week making loads of friends and the rest of the year trying to get rid off them. So no snap decisions!

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Sharing My World 20-06-2022

June 26, 2022 21 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

What are three scents you like?
Pine forest, down at the beach with the sea and the seaweed, and cooking bacon. Mmm, bacon.

What is something true (factual) that most other people don’t believe?
If something’s been proven to be a fact, I would imagine that “most” people believe it. It’s usually a case that most people don’t know something but would believe it once they do.

Would you rather have a massage or get a facial?
Neither, really. I’m not even sure what a “facial” involves.

Have you ever thrown someone a really extravagant party?
Nope. I’m not a party-throwing sort of person. Or a “going to parties” sort of person either.

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Sharing My World 13-06-2022

June 19, 2022 18 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

What is one topic you really like to talk about? Or something you really want to tell people?
I don’t really ever like to talk about anything. I’ll wait for the other person to say something and then feign interest 🙂

What do you normally never tell strangers about yourself? (be general, I don’t need to know details or invade privacy)
I don’t talk to strangers. Especially if they’re hanging out the side of a white panel van offering me a lollipop. Stranger Danger 😮

Have you ever broken anything? (can be health related, emotion related, or situation related – you define “broken anything” for your own satisfaction)
Coincidentally the back half of one of my molars broke off last night, just in time for this post! Every cloud and all that…

Is having a big ego a negative trait or positive trait?
Well, it worked out pretty well for Putin, Trump, Hitler… temporarily, at least. It didn’t go so well for everyone else.

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FF – Chancer

June 16, 2022 41 comments

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. Rochelle supplied the photo this week.

Get Well Soon!”. Humph. Sounded like a command. Maybe if he looked on the back of the balloon it would say “Or Else…

Anyway, he wasn’t planning on getting well anytime soon. And it was lunch time!

He rang the little bell. Nothing. He rang it again. Then he tried shouting.

“Oy, lunch!”

Still nothing.

Hobbling downstairs (huffing and puffing dramatically) he read the note on the kitchen table.

“I’ve had enough, make your own damn lunch, I’m out with the girls!”

Looked like it was time to “get better”. Three weeks wasn’t bad for an ingrowing toenail, after all.

Sharing My World 06-06-2022

June 12, 2022 15 comments

Here is my post for Melanie’s Share Your World.

When you were a kid, did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not?
Yes, as far as I remember. There wasn’t the money spare to be throwing away half of every sandwich.

Are you a fan of musicals—why or why not?
That depends on the musical, like any genre. I’ve seen a couple live – Blood Brothers and Chess They were amazing. I still listen to them sometimes, along with Starlight Express and The Rocky Horror Show.

Is it difficult to do what you do? (for a living, hobby etc.). If you’re retired, what you ‘did’ previously for a job can be substituted.
I guess it is difficult to do what I do if you don’t know how to do it. Like anything, really.

What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? (Doesn’t have to be a rock concert either).
I haven’t been to many “known names” concerts (we had a band in the Students’ Union every Sunday so I’ve seen plenty of live music). I guess it’s a toss-up between Iron Maiden and Paul Simon’s Rhythm of the Saints tour, both in Stuttgart around 1990/91.

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